Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Life and Love With Cheryl Wyatt at the Mine

Hello, Cheryl. Let me first welcome you to the Diamond Mine. I’m so glad you’re here…even if this interview has been a challenge between forgotten and lost emails. (For those who may not know, I recently moved back to Wyoming and most of my office is still in boxes. I’m so happy to be under a real roof and have internet!) Anyway, ma'am, thank you for your patience! Let the games begin...


The Nurse’s Secret Suitor (Eagle Point Emergency series) from Love Inspired Books
(See book and giveaway details following the interview)

Renee: I love your writing. With all the genres to choose from, what led you to lean toward military fiction?

Cheryl: My military stories happened to be the first ones to get contracted. I mostly write about rescuers, military or otherwise. Most of the military characters I write about are either in Search-and-Rescue or are medical in nature. My nursing background comes in handy and also that I have a lot of friends and family who were or are in various branches of the military.

Renee: Do you have a favorite character of one of your stories? What makes him or her so special?

Cheryl: Wow, this is so hard to choose. I love all of my characters but I’m usually partial to the one I’m currently writing. There is a really fun secondary character named Memaw from my Coast Guard series from Redbud Press who makes me laugh a lot. I’d say she’s my favorite currently.

Renee: Oh, I believe joy’s necessary for survival. I think it’s so cool you have characters like that. Humor makes a book a lot of fun to read. Is that something you try to do all the time?

Cheryl: I try to incorporate laughter in every book.

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Laughter is good medicine for the spirit and life is so very tough sometimes that people need to be able to laugh. I hope my words provide that gift for people.

Renee: Well, speaking of books, do you have anything releasing soon for the readers?

Cheryl: I have several books releasing in the next few months from three different publishers and more books in the que from my original publisher. Coming in November is Out of the Flames, a Haven Bay Heroes prequel that will be FREE from Redbud Press for folks who sign up for their newsletter. In December I have A Refuge Christmas releasing from Inspy Kisses in the novella collection. In February from HarperCollins Christian Publishing comes Serving Up a Sweetheart, a February Bride story from Zondervan’s Second Year of Weddings series. In March comes book one in Haven Bay Heroes, titled Out of the Deep. Visit my website for more information on releases and purchase links or to sign up for my newsletter for new release news and goodies exclusive to subscribers at: www.cherylwyatt.com.

Here’s the blurb for Out of the Flames. Remember this is FREE for anyone who signs up for Redbud Press’s newsletter.

Coast Guard fire chief Scotty Cohen learned his lesson when one careless moment on the job cost his best friend his life. So he heads for Haven Bay, Florida, ready to start again. And this time? No distractions allowed.
Enter conservationist Lilah McLaughlin—that woman is one major distraction. How is he supposed to ignore her when the marine wildlife rescue center is right next door to the Coast Guard facility—and when she proceeds to break down every wall he’s put up?
Then the unthinkable happens, and Scotty must decide: give up Lilah or give up his calling. Whatever choice he makes means he’ll get burned all over again…

Renee: Whoa! You’ve been a busy beaver. How do you do it? I can barely keep up with the schedule I keep and only have one or two books in the works. Has your life changed now that you’re a “multi-published” author?

Cheryl: I think people have a lot of misconceptions about authors in general. One is that people think we make a ton of money. I actually made way more money working as an RN. LOL! Another thing is that being a writer is such a blessing but it stretches me in the sense of it’s not a very hidden gift, like say prayer would be. You have to put yourself out there and being shy, I’d rather operate in obscurity. On the other hand, I love being able to make myself accessible to readers online, to pray for them and encourage them and let them know how much I appreciate their readership.

Renee: You know, you’re so right. Many writers start their career in the recesses of their home and after publication, are thrown into the spotlight, so to speak. It’s a challenge, especially for a little girl who used to hide in corners. (I’m not mentioning any names here!) Pharmacy helped me overcome a lot of my shyness, but I have to admit, there are times I’d run if given the choice. Still, it seems like every author has a literal nook or cranny where he writes…and a cat that walks all over his keyboard. Do you have a special place?

Cheryl: My recliner in our family room because it’s nearest the fireplace. I like to write with the fire crackling. It’s also by the window and I love being able to look out and see wildlife or hear the rain pattering against the window as I write.

Renee: I have a recliner too! Not a fireplace anymore but my chair is right next to a window where I can see the hummingbirds. I’m sure I’ll watch the first snowflakes of winter float down as well. If you could tell a reader one thing before she cracked open the cover of one of your incredible books, what would it be and why?

Cheryl: Don’t hold mistakes against me or my publisher. LOL! No author is perfect and I hope they find the story worth their time and while.

Renee: Oh, I agree so much. And in this day and age, it’s expected. After all, so many are publishing at the touch of a button. By the way, what do you think of social media? Is it a benefit or hindrance to the publishing world today?

Cheryl: I LOVE being able to market digitally. I have a busy family life, and it is a blessing to be able to market on social media from home or wherever we happen to be that week. It would be difficult if I had to travel a ton for book signings or book events. I left one career to stay home with my children and I want to spend as much time nurturing and training and loving on them as I can. Social media enables me to do that as well as connect with my readers. I consider that a huge blessing and benefit.

Renee: I’m getting better but I still have a lot to learn! Thanks for stopping by the Diamond Mine, Cheryl. It’s been an honor and a joy to have you here.


Trauma nurse Kate Dalton can handle any challenge—except love. The combat veteran dreams of settling down, but heartbreak is one risk she won't take. Then a chance encounter opens her heart to a masked stranger…who might not be a stranger after all! Caleb Landis, the army medic behind the disguise, has always admired Kate, even though she only saw him as her best friend's brother. What will it take for Kate to discard her fears and discover the man she's always hoped to unmask? 

Eagle Point Emergency:  Saving lives—and losing their hearts— in a small Illinois town


About the Author:

Multi-award-winning author Cheryl Wyatt writes romance with virtue for the Christian market. A busy mom, wife, humanitarian RN and orphan advocate, joyful chaos rules her home and she delights in the stealth moments God gives her to write. She stays active in her church and in her laundry room.
She loves her readers and cherishes interaction with them at: https://www.facebook.com/CherylWyattAuthor.
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Misty Russon said...

You're definitely a busy woman. I really don't know how you do it, but you have my respect. Your books sound awesome. Can't wait to look one up! :)

Peggy Trotter said...

Cheryl, so glad to have you on the Diamond Mine! I love the premise of your book! Keep up the great stories!

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Peggy, thank you for the encouragement. It's a blessing to be here.

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Misty, thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you stopped by.

Zina Abbott said...

This is my introduction to you and your work. Your latest book sounds interesting. Best of success with it!

Robyn Echols writing as Zina Abbott

Renee Blare said...

Hi Robyn! Welcome to the Mine. :) It's so nice to see you here.

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Hi Robyn! Thank you so much for stopping by. Isn't Renee's blog awesome? :-)


Renee Blare said...

Ahh, Cheryl! I'd love to take credit for this blog, but I have five other great ladies to thank for the success of the Mine. :) Without them, we'd be dead in the water. LOL

Nancy M said...

I saw your blog on Avid Readers of Christian Fiction. Thanks for sharing it. Looking forward to reading it and enjoyed this and reading about a new author! Nancycooks4u ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com

Shannon Wiebe said...

I have never read any of your books but I am always looking for new authors to read. Your latest book sounds like a story I would enjoy. I look forward to reading it.

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Hats off to all of you. It's a fabulous blog. Very honored to be here.

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Thank you for stopping by, Nancy. I hope you enjoy the stories once you have a chance to check them out.


Cheryl Wyatt said...

Thank you Shannon. I hope you get to read one soon and let me know what you think. Thank you for taking time to stop in and comment.


Heather Y said...

Cheryl, this looks like a good read. I'm not familiar with your work but am excited to check it out.

As a reading teacher I can't resist asking you a question about your writing. Do you ever include people from your real life in your novels? As a sort of tribute? Do they know?

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Hi Heather! Thank you for stopping by. Questions are great! I never mind. :-) I don't include people from my real life in my novels, but I do put traits of people I love within the books sometimes. For instance, "Lem" from Eagle Point Emergency is a combination of my grandmother Nellie, my grandmother Leveada who both passed away during the writing of the series. I had an Uncle Lemon and I did borrow from his name for Lem's. Thanks so much for your interest. If you get a chance to check the books out, I hope you find them worth your while. Blessings, Cheryl

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Hi Cheryl, it's great to be able have a chance to win one of your books!!! How long have you been a author and what made you want to be an author?? Your books look amazing and would the chance to read one of your books!!!

Renee Blare said...

Congratulation, Faith Posten! You're the winner of the giveaway. :)